Princeton University is unique in combining the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college.
Whether through independent study, student-initiated seminars, or lectures in emerging fields such as neuroscience, Princeton students have the flexibility to shape dynamic academic programs that prepare them for leadership and lives of service. Through its need-blind, groundbreaking financial aid program, which provides aid through grants rather than loans, Princeton ensures that all qualified students who are accepted can afford to attend the University.
Chartered in 1746, Princeton is renowned for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Its faculty are known throughout the world, and it is not unusual for students to learn from Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur Fellows. Students benefit from small class sizes and one-on-one advising with faculty, particularly while doing independent work such as the senior thesis. All intellectual endeavors of Princeton’s 5,275 undergraduate students are supported by a range of first-rate academic resources such as libraries, laboratories, and even an art museum.
The academic options at Princeton give students flexibility in pursuing their intellectual interests while working toward either the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Students may also choose among 50 interdisciplinary programs, creating combinations of academic interests. For example, a student might major in physics while also earning a certificate in Latin American studies.
The University is located in the town of Princeton, which has a diverse population of 30,000 residents and is situated between New York City and Philadelphia, with rail service to both cities. Princeton is a residential university and provides housing for all undergraduate students. Every incoming student is assigned to one of Princeton’s six residential colleges. The colleges provide a welcoming environment, advising services, cultural and educational events, intramural sports, and more. Some students choose to live in the residential colleges throughout their undergraduate years, while others choose to live in upperclass housing.
The interests and talents of Princeton undergraduates translate into countless ways for students to get involved. Students can participate in more than 300 student-run organizations, the arts, civic engagement, student government, religious groups, and athletics.
Enrollment: 5,275 undergraduate; 2,671 graduate
Freshman Class Profile 2015–2016:
• 53% male, 47% female
• 46 states, 50 countries
• 44% American students of color
• 14% international students
• 12% first in their family to attend college
• 94% of students from schools that provided us with ranks-in-class in the top 10% of their high school class
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (30 departments in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences) and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (six departments)
Student-Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Admission Test Requirements: SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing; two SAT Subject Tests recommended but not required
Financial Aid: Princeton’s need-based financial aid program is one of the best in the country, reflecting the core value of opportunity and our desire to attract the most qualified students regardless of financial circumstances. Admission decisions are made without taking a family’s financial resources into account. Students with financial need are provided scholarships, which do not have to be repaid, rather than loans. About 60% of this year’s freshman class received a need-based scholarship from Princeton. The average award for the class of 2019 is $48,600.
Application & Testing Deadlines
• Single-choice Early Action: November 1
• Regular Decision: January 1
• Last testing date: January; December for international applicants